When I make samples for shows, I always love to include photos of my loved ones in them. It is like having them at the show with me. For this sample, I featured a photo of my oldest daughter Anna. She has amazing green eyes that really shine in her senior photos. The photo of her was a perfect choice for this chippy vintage style shadowbox frame.
I have had this frame in my collection for a while. I found it on clearance several years ago at Hobby Lobby. It had a piece of metal in the back with magnets inside. I have used it as a display stand for different little collection bits. I decided it would be a really fun accent to use for the show.
I lined the inside back of the frame with a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Yuletide collection. I love that paper collection, even though it is holiday themed, there are several really great patterns that can be used year round. There is a layer of vellum above the paper to help create a break between the pattern paper and the focal point.
The next layer is really fun! I adhered a sheet of adhesive backed copper foil to a piece of cardstock and then embossed it with my Horsehair embossing folder. I painted over the copper with Black Soot Distress Ink. I let the paint set for a couple of minutes and then buffed it off. That left the paint in the recessed areas to accent the pattern and the texture. I simply adore how deeply my embossing folders emboss!
Below the photo I added a cluster of flowers created from my Shabby, Pinwheel, and Floweret Posies. The leaves are from the Pom Pom Posies set. All are cut from crinoline and colored with Distress Spray Stain.
Keeping with the theme from several other samples, I tucked a few vintage paintbrushes into the arrangement. I liked having little recurring elements in the different samples.
I can not wait to show you how I colored the crinoline with Distress Spray Stains. Aren’t the flower centers cool? I made them from cheap craft pearls, jewelry findings, alcohol inks, and Prills. I will show you how in a tutorial soon.
The thing I love most about projects like this one is that it shows how easy it is to dress up something like a purchased frame. The frame was a cool find but the decorations inside were not too pretty. A quick layer of pattern paper with a cool foil layer gave it a whole new look. Add in some fabric flowers and you have something truly unique!
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